I immortalize nature in jewelry. I collect skulls, insects and seedpods from areas of countryside in Cornwall, England. Mesmerised by nature, intricate detail and beauty in the macabre, I am inspired to create three-dimensional jewelry, transforming these natural objects into solid silver jewelry combined with precious stones, so that people can treasure them forever. I wanted to show that there is beauty in all nature, by casting a skull in precious metal I remove the grotesque and enhance the beauty I see within them.
I wanted to keep every little detail from the original form within the silver item. My jewelry is created using an extensive mould making process, combined with wax injection and lost wax investment casting. This is a very intricate process that allows me to achieve this incredible detail, even on the sparrows feet the scales and talons are visible, the vole skull even has teeth on the underside of the jaw. Here’s also some of my previous works.
As a result, the forms and details I achieve are irregular amongst the handmade. Each piece is so finely detailed it needs to be properly viewed under and magnifying glass. Each initial cast takes around 30 hours to mould, perfect, cast and polish. Although the process is long and there is a lot of refining involved, I believe it is worth it for the final result.
Sparrow’s foot, vole’s skull, rabbit’s jaw necklaces
Sparrow’s skull necklace and rabbit’s jaw earring
Photography- Emma Griffin Photography
Make up artist: Neal Dakota
Model: Leigh Hill
Sparrow’s foot clutching a garnet and vole’s skull necklace set
Sparrow’s foot and garnet, sparrow’s skull and vole’s skull necklaces
Sparrow’s foot pair necklaces
Sparrow’s foot bracelet
Rabbit’s jaw necklace set
Bronze sparrow’s foot necklace
Acorn cup collection
Sparrow’s skull copper
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